Lions’ LB DeAndre Levy Calls Joe Paterno ‘A Dirtbag’, Is Glad He Broke His Leg
DeAndre Levy isn't your typical NFL player. He travels the world doing things like skydiving, exploring the Amazon rain forest and sledding down the face of an active volcano. He also speaks his mind.
The Detroit Lions linebacker played college football at Wisconsin, where during a game with Penn State in 2006 he accidentally broke Joe Paterno's leg. Levy was a sophomore.
He recounted the moment in an interview with Men's Journal, where we got this sublime quote:
He was most famous for a 2006 play against Penn State, a sideline tackle that accidentally drove him into coach Joe Paterno, breaking JoePa's left leg. Ten years later, Levy now calls that incident "my proudest moment in college," as history has since revealed Happy Valley's sad secrets. "That dirtbag, man," says Levy of Paterno, who was recently implicated as being aware of child sexual abuse committed by his assistant Jerry Sandusky as early as 1976. "We've gotta stop prioritizing sports over humanity," says Levy. "Just because somebody can throw a football or coach football, they're excluded from their wicked acts."
Paterno was dismissed as head coach of Penn State in 2011 after a grand jury concluded that he had prior knowledge of child sex crimes committed by defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky on the Penn State campus -- for which Sandusky is currently serving time in prison.
Penn State was fined $60 million, stripped of 40 total scholarships from 2013 to 2017, banned from postseason play until 2016 and vacated all 112 of its wins dating back to 1998. Paterno died less than a year later.
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